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Monday, 03 August 2015 05:19 By Flavia Nassaka
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But more conflicts feared as party fails to resolve feuds

Katomi Kingdom Resort hotel, near Entebbe town, on the shores of Lake Victoria was on July 24 bathed in a sea of green and white, the colours of Uganda’s oldest party, the Democratic Party, which was holding its Delegates Conference there. Excited supporters draped in fancy costumes in party colours chanted, screamed, and waved placards of their leader Norbert Mao. Some even had face paints of his name.

It was frenzied as the incumbent National Vice President John Baptist Kawanga who doubled as the presiding officer, invited Mao to the podium and Mao’s first statement revealed how emotionally moved he was.

 
Monday, 03 August 2015 05:17 By Agather Atuhaire
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Ativists should not have expected much from Parliament

If civil society organisations and the opposition still had any hopes left for electoral reforms, they were this July dashed by the report of Parliament’s Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee on the Constitutional Amendment Bill. The Bill attracted criticism when it was tabled before parliament on April 30 for leaving out the electoral reforms that civil society organisations and opposition political parties had proposed under “The Uganda Citizens Compact on Free and Fair Elections (UCOFFE)”.  The opposition MPs on the committee authored a minority report.

But then, some MPs like Fox Odoi (West Budama North) and Oyam North’s Crispus Ayena (opposition UPC) expressed their dissatisfaction with the Bill in quite strong terms.

 
Sunday, 26 July 2015 22:11 By Agather Atuhaire
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Museveni likely to wholly take over 10th parliament

When Local Government Minister Adolf Mwesige presented a motion for parliament to approve the creation of 39 new constituencies on July 15, many were shocked that President Museveni ignored public outcry over the bloated parliament which is putting an unnecessary burden on the taxpayer. But others say those who get shocked by Museveni’s manoeuvres do not know what really matters to him.

Museveni’s only concern is regime survival,” says Godber Tumushabe, the executive Director of Great Lakes Institute for Strategic Studies, a think tank on governance.

Indeed, all those trying to make sense of Museveni’s decision to add 39 more members to a parliament that is already the biggest in the region point to regime survival. With the creation of 39 more constituencies, the number of parliament during its 10th term will increase to 425.

Some say the move is one of the many tactics he is employing to trounce his rivals, who now include his hitherto confidant and former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi in the upcoming elections.

 
Sunday, 19 July 2015 22:12 By Haggai Matsiko
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Ruling party set to pick flag bearer early October

When Tanga Odoi, the electoral commission chairman of the ruling party on July.10 launched the National Resistance Movement (NRM) party’s electoral road map for party structures, he officially launched what is expected to be one of the fiercest political races.

The most coveted dates on the road map are Oct.1 and 2 when the party’s supreme organ—the Delegates Conference—is expected to pick its presidential flag bearer at the Mandela National Stadium, Namboole.

Observers are looking to this meeting because if the party does not block former party Secretary General and ex-Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi, he is expected to face off with President Yoweri Museveni, who has ruled the party unchallenged for the last 30 years. But the likelihood of this face off depends on whether Mbabazi registered again as a party member.

Party officials insist that whoever wasn’t re-registered during the recent registration process will not qualify to be nominated. In an interview with The Independent, current party SG Kasule Lumumba advised Mbabazi to register afresh if he wanted to contest.

 
Sunday, 19 July 2015 22:10 By Patrick Kagenda
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UPC cabinet

As UPC continues to grapple with an internal revolt, especially among the senior party faithful, Jimmy Akena who was recently declared party president at the Delegate’s Consultative Meeting held in Kampala at the beginning of July has now gone ahead to announce his cabinet that will run party activities.

Akena invoked Article 14.3(2) of the UPC Constitution and appointed the nine cabinet members including; John Patrick Mwondha as party Vice President, Fred Ebil Ebil as Assistant Secretary General, Ben Bakabulindi as National Vice Chair, Maxwell Akora Ebong Patrick as National Treasurer, Hajji Kinyiri Fahad Mutemberwa as the workers representative, Mujuzi Kellen as the women leader and Atim Brenda Kinyera as the youth leader. All the appointed cabinet members were approved by the consultative meeting.

As he announced his partial cabinet to the media during the weekly press briefing held on July 8, at Uganda House, Akena said, “The cabinet was approved by the Delegate’s Conference held on July 1 at the UMA Hall in Lugogo and its main task is to re-organize, and mobilize the party at all levels.” However, it is not clear why he announced an incomplete cabinet that has three slots vacant.

 

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